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Eleanore Jacklich

February 18, 1922 — August 4, 2020

Eleanore Jacklich

Eleanore J. Jacklich

(nee Swartz)

Age 98 of Coal City, Illinois and North Port, Florida, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at her home in Coal City.

Born February 18, 1922 in Coal City, Eleanore Jane was a daughter of Charles and Katherine (nee Valtman) Swartz. She was raised and educated in Coal City, and on April 25, 1941, she married Rudolph Jacklich in Coal City.

Eleanore was a proud member of the Coal City United Methodist Church since the age of seven, and was honored by the church for being one of the longest active members. She was a devoted member of Friendship Circle, where her pies would be a staple of any social gathering at the church. Eleanore had a green thumb and always said she felt closer to God when she worked with the dirt. She even mowed the lawn herself up until the past few years. Eleanore was an independent woman who maintained a meticulous household and was always dressed fashionably. She had a passion for crafting and painting watercolors. Eleanore was a snowbird who looked forward to spending her winters at her home in North Port, Florida, where she maintained membership with the Englewood United Methodist Church. Her love for family was of utmost importance to her, and cherished every moment with those whom she loved.

Survivors include her daughter, Sonja (the late John) Ruth of Coal City and Venice, Florida, two step-grandchildren: Jodi (Kyle) Klode and Craig Ruth, both of Joliet; three step-great grandchildren: Ryan (Rachel) Klode of Channahon, Kayci Klode of Plainfield, and Kelly Klode of Mokena; one step-great-great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

Eleanore was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rudolph; two sisters: Inez (LaVerne) Patterson and Elaine (Angelo) Squellati; and six brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jacob (Katie) Jacklich, John (Florence) Jacklich, Norma (Hugh) Goldie, Louise (Henry) Doyle, Mary (Louis) Gianu, and Lucy (Ed) Baber; and several nieces and nephews.

Per Eleanore's wishes, cremation rites were accorded.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation at Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 East McArdle Road, on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Measures of safe social distancing standards will be in order, and face masks will be required for all attendees.

A private family memorial service will follow, and inurnment will be in Braceville Gardner Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Eleanore's memory to the Coal City United Methodist Church, or Joliet Area Community Hospice.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Eleanore's memorial page by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements are being made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. (815) 634-2125.

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